Legit Naan (i.e. Flatbread!) 🍛 gluten free, dairy free & keto

This simple gluten free and keto naan yields killer results! Expect a sturdy, pliable and ultra tasty flatbread (courtesy of the yeast!); ideal for any and all low carb Indian dishes (think butter chicken!).

Fresh Keto naan with garlic butter and coriander
Gluten Free & Keto Naan (i.e. Flatbread!)

Gluten Free & Keto Naan 🍛

Ultra Sturdy!

This keto naan (or flatbread?!) is an awesome and quick way to incorporate some ‘bread’ into your busy lives. Needless to say, they’re terrific with Indian curries such as our butter chicken; but feel free to use them as wraps, toasted into croutons, and so on.

I’ve also tested it with a variety of flours (see section!), so you guys will be able to adapt them more readily to suit your needs.

But whatever you, give them a try freshly made with garlic butter and a touch of coriander; simply sublime!

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Gluten Free & Keto Naan (i.e. Flatbread!)

The Flours

Super fine almond flour is the base for this keto naan, and you truly do want to try and procure a fine grind (think Anthony’s or WellBees). But for the second flour you have a few options to choose from (hooray!):

Oat fiber puffs up the most and has the best texture out of the lot, arguably as it is a grain… having said that, I’ve been testing it in small quantities for a few weeks and haven’t noticed any inflammation (and I know many of you are big fans!). Oh, and the neat thing about oat fiber is that it’s virtually carb-less (I’m assuming there’s a trace, but labels read 3g carbs – 3g fiber = 0 net carbs!). For visual comparison in the picture above, the oat fiber naan is on the left.

– Finely ground golden flaxseed meal doesn’t quite puff up (it’s on the right in the picture), but has a truly lovely texture and taste.

– And last (but not least!), coconut flour! This one also puffs up and works surprisingly well, but it does cook best in the oven; while the previous two can also be whipped up on the stove top too. In terms of brands here, I always favor Anthony’s here (honestly best taste by a mile!)

Also, keep in mind that a touch of xanthan gum is non-negotiable I’m afraid; as it binds it all together (i.e. replaces the gluten).

Keto naan in a butter chicken bowl with cauliflower rice
Gluten Free & Keto Naan (i.e. Flatbread!)

The Deets 🔍

These low carb naan are as easy to whip up as our famous keto tortilla recipe (fact is, they’re directly inspired by it!). So you simply proof the yeast, pulse all the ingredients together in your food processor or in your stand/hand mixer, let the dough rest for thirty, roll it out and cook it up.

In terms of the cooking up, you can do either in the oven or on the stovetop. Both do require that you heat up a skillet (or pizza oven?!) so the naan gets a burst of heat and cooks rapidly.

Oh, and do feel free to play around with the thickness. Though keep in mind that, in my experience, thinner naan cooks best in the stovetop while thicker one in the oven (perhaps a no brainer?!).

The Yeast

Even though this low carb naan does employ the help of yeast (can’t beat the taste guys!), it doesn’t require all the fuss of say the sandwich bread or cinnamon rolls. So as long as you proof your yeast properly (read below), and you let it rest in a nice warm spot to develop the flavors you’ll be golden!

Top tips for proofing yeast: Mix dry active yeast with water that’s just warm to touch (between 105-110°F to be precise) and inulin or an actual sugar (think maple syrup or honey) for 7 minutes until foamy. If you don’t see any activity, your yeast may’ve gone bad or your water temperature was off (so start over!).  And before you scream sugar (!!) remember that the yeast will feed on such sugar to emit carbon dioxide, so it doesn’t affect the carb count. And yes, this is a scientific fact.

Freshly made keto and gluten free naan
Gluten Free & Keto Naan (i.e. Flatbread!)
Dipping keto naan into a butter chicken bowl
Gluten Free & Keto Naan (i.e. Flatbread!)

Keto naan with garlic butter and coriander

Gluten Free & Keto Naan (i.e. Flatbread!)

Course: Bread, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: dairy free, gluten free, grain free, keto, low carb
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Resting Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 naan
Calories: 157 kcal

This simple gluten free and keto naan yields killer results! Expect a sturdy, pliable and ultra tasty flatbread (courtesy of the yeast!); ideal for any and all low carb Indian dishes!

Oh, and if baking with cups rather than grams is your thing, just click on US Cups for an instant conversion.

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Ingredients

For the garlic butter

  • 1 tablespoon grass-fed butter melted
  • 1 clove garlic ran through a press
  • coriander to garnish

Instructions

  1. Proof the yeast by mixing it with the inulin (or touch of sugar!) and lukewarm water in a small bowl or cup. Cover with a kitchen towel and allow to rest for 7 minutes. The mixture should be bubbly, if it isn't start again (too cold water won't activate the yeast and too hot will kill it).

  2. Add almond flour, oat fiber (flaxseed meal or coconut flour), xanthan gum, baking powder and salt to food processor. Pulse until thoroughly combined. 

  3. Pour in the apple cider vinegar with the food processor running. Once it has distributed evenly, pour in the egg. Stop the food processor and add in the yeast mixture (it can't really be 'poured in'). Pulse a few times until the dough comes together. The dough should be sturdy, but sticky to touch. Form into a ball, cover with a kitchen towel and allow to rest in a warm draft-free spot for 30-60 minutes (you can leave it in the food processor or transfer it to a clean bowl). You'll notice the most rise out of the three flours with the flaxseed meal, but what's important here is the taste and aroma from the yeast. 

  4. Wrap the rested dough in cling film and knead it through the plastic for a minute or two. Think of it a bit like a stress ball. 

  5. Divide the dough into four pieces. Roll out between two sheets of parchment or waxed paper with a rolling pin. Feel free to play with different thicknesses here; though keep in mind that, in my experience, thinner naan cooks best in the stovetop while thicker one in the oven (perhaps a no brainer?!).

To cook on the stove-top:

  1. Heat up a skillet (preferably) or pan over medium heat. You can test the heat by sprinkling a few water droplets, if the drops evaporate immediately your pan is too hot. The droplets should ‘run’ through the skillet.

  2. Heat up a little oil (butter or ghee), add the rolled out naan and cover immediately with a lid. Depending on your heat level, you'll want to cook the naan for 30-40 seconds on each side, until lightly charred and bubbly. 

To cook in the oven:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F/200°C with an oven-proof skillet or pizza stone while the dough is proofing. 

  2. Similar to the stove-top method, you'll want to cook the naan on the hot skillet in the oven for roughly 30-40 seconds on each side until lightly charred and bubbly. 

  3. Brush with garlic butter and garnish with coriander. These naan are best eaten straight away, but they do rewarm surprisingly well!

Recipe Notes

*You can feed the yeast with either inulin or an actual sugar (thanks for the inulin tip guys!). And do remember that the yeast will feed on such sugar to emit carbon dioxide, so it doesn’t affect the carb count. 

**Oat fiber, golden flaxseed meal and coconut flour all work great (see the section on flours in the post for deets!)

And please note that nutrition facts were estimated using the oat fiber (just 3g net carbs!). With the coconut flour and flaxseed meal they're roughly 4g net carbs each. 

Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free & Keto Naan (i.e. Flatbread!)
Amount Per Serving (1 naan)
Calories 157 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Sodium 351mg 15%
Potassium 116mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 1.2%
Calcium 10%
Iron 6.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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46 comments

  1. Lisa says:

    Hi Paola 👋 This is more of a general question. Do you find that out fiber is a good 1:1 substitute for coconut flour in recipes? I’m sure there are variables that probably make this challenging to apply in all instances.

    Sometimes I don’t care for the grittiness of coconut flour. It’s not off-putting. I’d just like to have a smoother texture in my baked goods sometimes.

    • Paola says:

      I get you Lisa, the grittiness of coconut flour in some recipes drives me nuts… having said that, I was hoping it would be a sort of 1-1 but I don’t think it is. Works well as a 1-1 here and in the tortilla recipe, but in muffins etc I haven’t quite figured out exactly how oat fiber behaves (seems to be as unpredictable as coconut… 😏)

      • Lisa says:

        Just as I suspected. Thanks for your perspective. Maybe I’ll play around with the oat fiber a bit more, see if I can make any sense of the ones I have.

        I usually like Anthony’s products but their oat fiber was terrible. It’s brown and a bit bitter. I don’t want to waste it so I’ll use it in recipes with stronger flavors. I think I ended up buying Trim Healthy Mama to replace it. Much better!

        • Paola says:

          Have you tried another brand that’s better Lisa? I’ve only tried Anthonys and agree with you… only seems to work in small amounts for me thus far

          • Lisa says:

            I tried the Trim Healthy Mama in one of those mug biscuit recipes and it was fantastic! The product is white and not bitter at all, unlike the Anthony’s. I wonder if I just received a bad batch of the Anthony’s.

            I haven’t had an opportunity to try THM in a more substantial dish yet. When I do, I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes.

          • Paola says:

            Oooh good to hear!! Thanks so much for sharing Lisa, I learn SO much from you guys!!

  2. Christy Cyr says:

    The only one that puffed was the very last one that I cooked. I only let the dough rise for 40 minutes before rolling, though. Next time, I’ll let the dough rise for a full hour. My hubby and I still enjoyed the heck out of these, though!

    • Paola says:

      it’s probably because your pan was hot enough by the last one Christy 😉 it’s the heat that makes them puff! xo!

  3. Kari says:

    Got to clarify this for myself: is oat fiber the same thing as oat bran? If not, are they possibly interchangeable? Can you produce oat fiber from the bran?

    • Paola says:

      Mmmm I don’t know?! What is the carb count in oat bran? Oat fiber has 0, this could help see if they’re the same thing xo!

  4. Pegi says:

    I made these for the first time today and they were very tasty. I rolled the first one too thin and had a hard time getting it off the parchment as it was quite sticky. I made the rest smaller and they were easier to handle. Yours look quite large in the pictures but mine turned out only about 4 inches in diameter. Is that about right?

    • Paola says:

      How many did you get Pegi? The dough shouldn’t be too sticky that it sticks to the parchment, so I would add less water next time

      • Pegi says:

        I used the 2 tablespoons of water from the recipe and I’m afraid if I use less water, the yeast won’t proof properly. Maybe I could try adding a little more almond flour. If they weren’t so sticky, I think they would roll out to the right size. Guess I’ll have to make them a few more times!! I make a lot of regular (gluten) bread for my husband and have the same problem. I think the humidity level in the house makes a difference too, since my bread is always less sticky in the winter when the house is drier.

        • Paola says:

          Could you be using extra large eggs? I would do 4 teaspoons of water, your yeast will still proof just fine 😉

  5. Christy Cyr says:

    Paola, you are a wonder! I’ve so been craving naan! Might make some tonight! 🙂 Thanks for all you do!

  6. Annie says:

    So excited to get this to work. Sadly the first attempt was way too wet to work with, so I’ll have to give it another go because I really want it to work!

    • Paola says:

      Hi Annie! Sounds like it just had a little too much water (could also be using an extra large egg). This can also happen with different brands having different absorbency etc, but I did find this recipe to be fairly easy going so I would just add a little less of the water next time xo!

  7. Lisa says:

    Do you know if the dough can hold in the refrigerator or freezer for a day or two before cooking/baking?

    • Paola says:

      Good question! Tbh I haven’t tried? I have noticed that it doesn’t work with the other yeast doughs (the bread etc), but it could work with this one… I’ll have to give it a try! xo!

  8. Sarah says:

    I’m wondering, my old gluten-filled naan used yogurt instead of water for the liquid component. Is there enough sugar in plain yogurt to feed the yeast? Would it be a wasted batch of ingredients to try subbing in yogurt for a richer naan? So glad to have found your site. Life-saving for this new LC acolyte. My inner foodie was dying.

    • Paola says:

      Hi Sarah! Sometimes I’ve found it best to stray away from tradition when it comes to keto baking (yogurt didn’t quite work for me here) xo!

  9. Claire & Andrew says:

    Dear Paola,

    I gotta say you have a privileged mind to come up with these ground breaking recipes! We used the oat fiber and they taste and feel just like a flatbread, its outstanding! Do you think they would crisp up a bit to become a pizza base?! Bless you for all that you do.

    Claire & Andrew

    • Paola says:

      Claire & Andrew how lovely of you thank you for the blessings 🙂 So happy to hear you’re enjoying the recipes so much!

    • Paola says:

      Hi AB! Tbh I haven’t tried (just not something I find in Mexico easily!), BUT I know that the tortilla recipe works great with it (and this is a spinoff with yeast) xo!

      • AB says:

        Just reporting back – these didn’t look pretty but they tasted FANTASTIC with the sunflower seed meal!!! Thanks so much for posting this recipe!

  10. Renee says:

    We made these last night with butter beef (we didn’t have chicken) and zoodles, OMG they were so good!! We followed the recipe exactly with the oat fider, they were perfect! I rolled the first one way too thin, but the other three, won over my non-keto special one with one bite! Thanks Paola! As always, your recipes are just fantastic!!

    • Paola says:

      Renee that’s super awesome to hear! And I get you on the thinness, you need to play around a bit (but I also think it lends itself to the dough being used for other fun stuff!) xo!!

  11. Sarah lynn rose says:

    OMG!!! I’m convinced you’re a genius! The hubby is Indian and he forwarded your email right away… even though he knows I also get them lol lol. You’ve made our keto life so enjoyable thnx

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